We are excited to share with you the construction projects that are happening this year on campus! In July of 2018 crews began work on a long-awaited new student residence hall and dining center. Located along Warwick Blvd south of the campus gates, the building will house a 244-bed residence hall, Wylie Dining and the new Café Nerman. This past April, we broke ground for the Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall, a building that will be a part of each and every student’s education at KCAI.
Student Residence Hall and Wylie Dining
Located along Warwick Blvd south of the campus gates, the building will house a 244-bed residence hall, Wylie Dining and the new Café Nerman. The residence hall went from wish list to reality following a $10 million lead gift by an anonymous donor, given through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation last year.
The new facility is designed by award-winning Helix Architecture + Design. Helix architects Doug Stockman and Alissa Wehmueller, along with Christopher Carvell of Denver, Colo., designed the new building to look beyond traditional student housing models and nurture the creativity and wellbeing of art students. Featuring double-occupancy semi-suites with private baths and cozy gathering spaces, plus a student gallery, large living room and gaming center, the building celebrates the unique individuality of each student while creating a sense of community. Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction is the general contractor for the project.
The residence hall is paired with Wylie Dining and Café Nerman. Both will be a welcoming first impression to prospective students, their families and the neighborhood. The dining facilities will serve a wide range of menu options and healthy alternatives and will be open to all.
Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall
Named for two of Kansas City’s visionary philanthropists, Paul and Linda DeBruce, this building will house Art History, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurial Studies, Liberal Arts and the Ronald Cattelino Center for Student Services.
The Hall is designed by Hufft, a Kansas City-based architecture firm known for creating meaningful spaces inspired by people and how they move within a space. Award-winning landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt will design the expansive outdoor spaces and Kansas City construction company McCownGordon will build the facility. Designed to be a “classroom in a garden”, Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall will impact every student at the college and will elevate the profile of KCAI’s academic programs in a state-of-the-art facility.
A unique architectural feature of the Hall will be the entry portal on Oak Street. Visitors will enter through a portal adorned with panels, each engraved with the name of influential art historians of the past and present. The entrance will become a tribute to the individuals who have interpreted and written about art and artists for future generations. “Many museums and art centers celebrate artists by having their names of the facade – but no one has honored art historians – the scholars who interpret, explain and tell us the stories of those artists. I think they deserve thanks and recognition” said Nerman Family President Tony Jones CBE.